new york guitar seminar at mannes school of music

The 17th annual New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes will feature performances by Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, Vladislav Bláha, and many others

Monday, June 26 - Saturday, July 1 at Mannes School of Music and the Americas Society


The New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes is a premier event that attracts international recognition and brings participants and faculty from six continents to Mannes each summer. Recognized for its innovative approaches to guitar pedagogy, the seminar provides over 50 hours of interactive activities. This year, the seminar will partner with the Americas Society on a tribute to Cuba, featuring renowned Cuban guitarists.

“The music and culture of Cuba have been profound influences since our formative years as guitar students," says Laura Oltman. "We pay artistic tribute this summer to that heritage: My first teacher was Luisa Sanchez de Fuentes, a Cuban emigre living in south Florida.”
“My main teacher through high school and college was Cuban-born Alberto Valdes Blain, a Segovia disciple teaching at Mannes," says Michael Newman. "Manuel Barrueco was a companion to numerous baseball games at the ‘new’ Yankee Stadium during the 1970s. Elias Barreiro invited us to New Orleans and produced some of our first concerts, both as soloists and then as the duo.”

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Faculty and performers include 15 internationally-renowned guitarists from around the world, including:

Michael Newman and Laura Oltman have been hailed as a “revelation to hear” by The Washington Post. Their innovative programming, matchless technique and ensemble precision, combined with their commitment to expanding the repertoire for guitar duo, make them a chamber ensemble of world renown. Through their groundbreaking new music-commissioning program, Newman & Oltman have built a unique repertoire of works for two guitars. Their artistry has also been captured on nearly a dozen other acclaimed recordings and has been recognized by grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America and ASCAP, among others. Newman and Oltman’s concert tours have taken them to world cultural capitals and premiere venues across five continents, the Caribbean, and South Pacific. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, aboard the Queen Elizabeth II, at Caramoor and at the Grand Canyon.

The legendary Manuel Barrueco is internationally recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time. His unique artistry has been continually described as that of a superb instrumentalist and a superior and elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts.  His career has been dedicated to bringing the guitar to the main musical centers of the world. During three decades of concertizing, he has performed across the United Sates from the New World Symphony in Miami to the Seattle Symphony, and from the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to New York’s Lincoln Center. He has appeared with such prestigious orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra and with the Boston Symphony under the direction of Seiji Ozawa.  Barrueco’s recording catalogue includes over a dozen recordings for the EMI label. His recording of Joaquín Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" with conductor and tenor Plácido Domingo and the Philharmonia Orchestra was cited as the best recording of that piece in Classic CD Magazine.

Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time”. She is the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, and the Munich, Toronto and Madrid international competitions. She has appeared as soloist with over 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world’s finest halls, including New York’s Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’ Châtelet, Vienna’s Musikverein, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Madrid’s Teatro Real and many others. She has served as Artistic Director/Soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall, the Ordway Music Theatre (St. Paul), New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the acclaimed national radio series Guitarjam. A frequent guest on NPR’s All Things Considered and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, she has been profiled on television throughout the world, including CBS Sunday Morning and A&E, and was featured as soloist on the GRAMMY nominated soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning The Departed.


Monday, June 26, 7:00 PM: In collaboration with the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, Music of the Americas presents a recital by Manuel Barrueco and Beijing Guitar Duo. Cuban-born Barrueco served as a mentor for the duo, and the three released a recording in trio, China West, in 2014.  Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Tuesday, June 27 at 3:00 PM: In collaboration with the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, Music of the Americas presents a master class by Sharon Isbin. Three top students will receive master class lessons on movements of Leo Brouwer’s El Decameron Negro.  Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 PM: In collaboration with the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, Music of the Americas presents a concert and conversation in tribute to the great, 87-year-old Cuban guitarist and maestro Elías Barreiro, featuring performances by Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, René Izquierdo, and Duo Cantabile (voice and guitar).  Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Wednesday, June 28 at 7:30 PM: Cuban guitarist Rene Izquierdo and Belarusian guitarist Elina Chekan perform solos and duets. Ernst Stiefel Concert Hall at Mannes School of Music, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY

Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 PM: Strings By Mail artist Gohar Vardanyan (Armenia/USA) and SONY recording artist Roberto Fabbri (Italy) each perform a set of guitar solos. Ernst Stiefel Concert Hall at Mannes School of Music, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY

Friday, June 30 at 7:30 PM: Vladislav Bláha (Czech Republic) will perform music composed for him, including the famed “Usher Waltz” by Nikita Koshkin. Ernst Stiefel Concert Hall at Mannes School of Music, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY

Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 PM: Ensemble performances at the Tishman Auditorium in the University Center at The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY


Americas Society: 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10065

Ernst Stiefel Concert Hall at Mannes School of Music: 55 W. 13th St, New York, NY, 10011

Tishman Auditorium at The New School: 63 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 10003

TICKETS Members of the media must rsvp with Will Wilbur at or 212.229.5667 x 3990.

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